Hi group: '91 Taurus wagon. When front wheels are straight the steering
wheel is at about 11 O'clock. Mechanic says wheel alignment needed. So
sayeth tire dealer. What sayeth y'all? I have never had a car, needing
alignment, that had this problem. But then, I have never owned a Ford
before this one. Your thoughts appreciated. Will check with you later.
No email please. Snookie
A 4 wheel alignment would be the preference for thi car. I do several a year
including caster/camber modifications.
Whatever your preference is, a car with an off-center steering wheel is in
need of service... ignoring the concern can cost as little as some tires of
be an indicator of much more serious problems.
Properly aligned wheels and correct tire pressures go a long way to
improving fuel mileage and adding stability to a car (stability being a
technically it shouldn't need adjusting unless either something is worn, or
bent, wheel alignment doesn't just "go out" of its own accord so if its
scrubbing tyres out then check all the mounts, bushes etc etc.
it doesn't hurt to have it checked periodically.
Thanks for responses. To be so badly out of alignment to effect the
steering wheel position, I would think there would be other indications.
There are none I can see/feel. Tires not "scrubbing". Steering no
problem. Mainly it is just disconcerting.
This did not happen until after it was checked for air bag warning light
blinking. I assumed the mechanic had removed the steering wheel to
check & replaced steering wheel slighly off. Mechanic says only one way
for steering wheel to "fit" & suggested alignment. Tire dealer said
same. Oh well, old ladies are at the mercy of more knowledgable folks. I
trust my mechanic but perhaps he's not too up on this particular
problem. Thanks again. Snookie
I haven't seen anyone mention a broken subframe bolt. Ford had enough of a
problem with them to issue a recall several years ago. An offset steering
wheel was the first thing most people noticed when they broke.
Lots of good opinions. Thanks for responding so courtiesly to an old
broad with her WebTV.
OK. Tie rods, struts, alignment, broken subframe bolt. Won't my mechanic
be impressed! (Sure) You're a good group. Will let you know when/if/how
problem gets solved.
How long have you had the car? has the steering wheel always
been this way?
Just having the steering wheel off center does not mean you need
an alignment. That could be the result of some other careless
Now, why were you in the tire shop? Tires worn? What was the wear pattern
on the old tires? The tires will tell the story of what's out of whack.
Chances are too you might need struts all the way around if
its a higher mileage car that old. do you notice the front or rear end
bouncing over bumps? Does the car pull to one side? Sag in the front or the
If the car has never had front end work, i'll will be you'll start with
tie rod ends and maybe end with struts. You cannot adjust what's
broke or severely worn. Most tire shops will be all too happy to point out
what you need.
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